Wednesday, 26 November 2014

KENDALL JENNER HEARTS ESTEE LAUDER

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Last week, Kendall Jenner was announced as the new face of iconic cosmetics brand, Estee Lauder. For any woman that's an amazing honour, but at just 19 years old that's pretty darn spectacular. 

For me, I think Kendall and Estee Lauder are a great fit - why? Sure Kendall comes from the biggest reality family out there and sure she's just 19 years old but this is a smart move by EL. Kendall has a huge social media following and has fast become one of the most sought after young models out there. I remember watching an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians a while back when Kendall was starting out as a model and now it's absolutely crazy to think she's doing campaigns for Givenchy and is now thought to be the new face of Chanel. 

Kendall has a great, effortless look and whilst she remains youthful she has an air of sophistication about her that mixes with the timeless look of Estee Lauder. Of all the brands under the EL umbrella, it's the titular brand that isn't as edgy as others such as MAC, Smashbox etc. This signing of Kendall, in a world where Social Media has such an impact, will launch the brand to a whole new audience and I have no doubt, give it a huge boost. 

I've used quite a few EL products over time but they're never instantly the brand that comes to mind when I discuss my favourites and it's not because I don't love the brand - I do. I just find myself drawn to more edgy, contemporary brands like NARS and MAC with their beautiful, artsy campaigns and sleek black packaging with stunning shades hidden beneath.

I'm sure a few people have "boo-hooed" at the news of Kendall becoming an Estee Lauder girl due to who her family is but I think it's a great marketing move and time will show that it was the right move to make. 

What do you make of the announcment?

Love, Kate xo
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

MATTE REVOLUTION LIPSTICK FROM CHARLOTTE TILBURY

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I'm calling for Charlotte Tilbury to be made a Dame for her contributions to my face.

  Who's with me?

I've gone a little - ok absolutely - mad for Charlotte's make up range, for me, it can do no wrong. I've not come across a product I don't like so far and I'm beyond impressed. 

Obviously I have major love for the quads which is pretty darn obvious but I'm getting a bit of an obsession with the lipsticks. I picked up one of the new Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Sexy Sienna which is named after the beauty that is Sienna Miller and boy is the colour something! It's a beautiful medium coral shade that really brightens and enhances the lips with minimal effort. It's unlike any other colour I own and despite the love, it's not the colour that I'd like to rave about today. 

F-O-R-M-U-L-A.

The formula of these new Matte Revolution Lipsticks is absolutely flawless and that's all down to the fact it really hydrates the lips whilst remaining completely matte and long wearing. I've never known a matte lipstick like it nor have I worn one so comfortable that I even forgot it was there.

Oh and did I mention the packaging is stunning - rose gold forevahh. 

Are you a Charlotte Tilbury convert?


Love, Kate xo
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Sunday, 23 November 2014

SACHA JUAN OCEAN MIST

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I bought this sea salt spray back in the summer and after using it a fair few times, it found itself in my hair draw. It's not that I didn't like it, quite the opposite actually but my hair became quite frail and in need of moisture rather than drying salt spray.

SachaJuan Ocean Mist (£18.00) caught my eye almost a year ago but it wasn't until I made a cheeky Cult Beauty order that it ended up in my basket. I'm a huge fan of Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray but I've found over time that it can be a little too much for my hair. 

I've recently re-introduced Ocean Mist back into my routine and I'm thankful I did. It's a very lightweight, beachy texture that it gives my hair with a little volume. There's no crispiness or layers of product build up which I find great as my hair doesn't need much to weigh it down. It gives just the right amount of piece-y texture that gives my hair more movement and it blends better into my extensions. 

You can apply this to dry or wet hair but I've been favouring wet hair as it dries with minimal effort once used. I've packed it in my suitcase for my holiday (I'll be there now :P) and I'm hoping it'll give me beautiful, Aussie beach bum hair. 

Oh did I mention it smells glorious? Sea breeze at it's finest.

Do you like using salt sprays?


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Friday, 21 November 2014

FEATURE FRIDAY | AUTUMN/WINTER MANICURE & PEDICURE

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Hello! My name's Angelica and I write a beauty and lifestyle blog called One Little Vice. I discovered Kate's blog through the #MyLittleSkinCareProject that we both took part last year and I'm so happy to have the opportunity to guest post for her today. I'm going to be sharing my picks for an autumn/winter manicure and pedicure. My best friend came to visit me last week and as we hadn't seen each other in a while so we took the time to catch up over some beauty treatments and I road tested this routine with great results.

Whenever I do take the time to give myself a manicure or pedicure (which isn't as often as I'd like) I really enjoy pulling out all of the stops. I try to take some time to go polish free between reapplications so that I can apply CND's Solar Oil to help condition and strengthen my nails. I also really like to exfoliate my skin - I know it isn't sandal season but I hate to neglect my extremities. I'm a firm believer in the benefits of exfoliating your hands - I know people don't tend to talk about this much, but I find that it really helps to combat dry skin. I recently picked up Dr. Organic's Organic Manuka Honey Foot Scrub and I think it does a really wonderful job on both hands and feet.

 Once my skin is nice and smooth I like to moisturise, and to make the whole experience into a real treat I've been reaching for Antipodes' Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand and Body Cream. It isn't a super thick product but it really does a good job of hydrating dry skin leaving it gloriously soft. Before I apply nail polish I make sure that my nails are clean and dry before buffing and shaping them in readiness for the final step.

I've been wearing Barry M's Gelly Polishes in Greenberry and Almond exclusively since July - I honestly haven't strayed from these two polishes because I am obsessed with these two shades. However, with the seasons changing I thought it might be nice to have a look through my nail polish collection and try out a new nail look. It too me a while to decide but I finally settled on Ciate's Paint Pot in Dangerous Affair and Seventeen's Glitter Nail Effect in Gold. I like the combination of gold and deep burgundy, and it makes quite a change from the shades I've been wearing over the last few months!

I hope you liked my guest post, if you want to chat come and find me over on twitter - @onelittlevice - I'm always looking for fellow beauty lovers to keep up with. And let me know in the comments what the products are that you reach for when you give yourself a manicure or pedicure?